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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana)

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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This chapel is known for its superb gold Byzantium mosaics.
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Piazza Bellini 3, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 616 1692
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A person can be overwhelmed walking into this 12th century church commissioned by the Norman king of Sicily, Roger II. He was originally from Greece. The church has Norman arches with a Byzantine style. The mosaics throughout the church were well preserved and beautiful. Notice...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Decorated much like the Duomo in Monreale, but on a smaller scale. Very elaborate mosaics on the wall make it worth a visit. By showng our ticket from the church of St. Catherine we received a €1 discount on the admission.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This building has been substantially remodelled in a baroque manner, but it is still well worth a visit for the remaining Byzantine mosaics. The Nativity scene is gently intimate, while the image of Christ in the dome is a breathtaking combination of art and architecture.

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this church has it all - all the different styles in one place - this is a unique find - could have spent hours and hours here - so much to see Again if you get the opportunity to buy the ticket that lets you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The church has limited open hours. We waited a half hour for opening and it was worth the wait.Gold mosaic eye candy beyond belief. What a way to learn the Scriptures.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At the entrance, there is a mesmerizing tower. Inside, for 2 euros, the splendid mosaics can be admired in half of the church, while the other half looks more recent.

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Reviewed September 3, 2018

You might imagine that a mere church could line up pretty poorly against the magnificent Norman Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral at Cefalu and the Cathedral at Monreale but think again. Magnificent decoration and mosaic work everywhere. Overtime for the camera again. Don’t forget to photograph...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2018

The church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio is an 11th century gem. It is well worth the 2 Euro admission charge. The mosaics inside on both the walls and ceiling are superb. Right next to the Norman church of San Cabral.

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Reviewed August 29, 2018

There are so many churches packed tightly in such a small area that you may overlook a few – but, if you’re going to go inside just one, then this is the one! The interior is a feast for the eyes with beautiful mosaics and...More

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

My favourite church in Palermo -- and there is a lot of competition. The mosaics are stunning, but the more modest scale of the building allows them better to be appreciated. A fascinating old church which we happily visited twice.

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